Woah. Wow. Holy Moly. Those were the words that were said by me and many of the guests at Cole and Claire’s wedding. I think that “mah goodness” was another phrase that was said. These two have style. These two have class. Cole looked like a dashing 1930′s dapper gentleman, and Claire looked (and still is) like a timeless beauty in her incredible dress. They were both just beautiful.
Cole and Claire have a baby along the way, and it should be coming near the end of July. They actually have bets in place to see which day the baby will arrive (I don’t know if there is any $$$ involved). That baby is going to be good lookin kid, I tell ya.
I was fortunate enough to get booked by these two and when we had our skype meeting, I knew we would be a good fit. They were theeeee kindest people I have ever met. It really helps when people are kind, you know? Anyway, the day was gorgeous, even though it was in SEATTLE (hello? rain city!) and it was in April! (hello?? april showers bring….blah blah blah). The day was perfect as you can probably see by the pictures below. So sit back, relax, scroll, drink some coffee/tea (but no coffee if you’re pregnant, I heard that was bad for you) and soak in the sun from this incredible day. Thank you Cole and Claire for trusting me with your wedding day!
Venue/Reception (this place was amazing. book a dinner here for the most incredible meal of your life): Canlis
Sarah and Kevin came up to Portland from Los Angeles just to enjoy some time off from work. They also combined it with getting some engagement pictures at Washington Park. The light was perfect and these two were such a joy to be around.
I’ve always wanted to have a studio space to take pictures in, so we transformed our garage into a great place for meeting with clients and taking awesome portraits. It took a ton of energy to finish up because I got discouraged throughout some of the way (you’ll see why), but everything came together. I couldn’t have done it without my dad’s handy craftsmanship and Megan’s support.
This is what the wall looked like before any painting.
This wall has been p-p-p-p-p-p-rimed.
This was a pretty useless tool closet, and it was ugly, so it had to go.All gone. Oh and I found a black-widow but I didn’t take a picture of it.Wide-angle
The “studio” before.What a mess. This was after I took down my “studio” backdrop.Painting the nasty garage doors. The color kept seeping through and I had to repaint them about 3 times. I finally learned my lesson and asked someone at Home Depot what the best paint was that didn’t bleed through.Primed the walls on the left side.Eck.More painting.Both garage doors “done”.Megan helping cut inCleaned it up a little bit.
Starting to come together.Wide angle
Okay, here is the big problem. This is where I got discouraged. Right here. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with the floor. I thought I wanted an epoxy but they cost way to much and you NEED to have them done professionally or you will regret it in 3 years.
I decided it would be a good idea to paint the floor white. I saw it in some studio pictures and would look nice to bounce light everywhere. But you lose control of the light. After I had painted the floor with a WATERBASED paint (not oil), I thought it would be easy to scrape off. Boy was I wrong. I bought Goof-Off, which is about $20 per can and poured it over. The fumes. Oh man, those fumes got to my head. Luckily I never passed out and I had good ventilation but that stuff is toxic, so be careful. Goof-off barely worked, it would kind of mush the stuff around but it overall didn’t work.
So I bought a scraper and that killed my back.
So I used a powerwasher and it finally did the trick. It was crazy how hard it was to get off.
Long story short: DO NOT paint cement floors with a water-based paint unless you plan on leaving it there forever.
My dad disappointed in my decision. (not really). You can see the scrape marks.
Almost done, this took about 3-4 hours of power-washing.
Finally finished. What a nightmare.Cleaning up a little more.Filling the cracks.It was right after I filled the cracks that I figured out what I wanted to do with it…wood flooring! Here we are putting down some padding that protects it from moisture and keeps in heat.
Doing some cutting.My dad is a master-carpenter.
Padding is down.Laying the pieces.Megan relaxing after her hard work.It looks like my dad is doing all the work. He kinda did.Everything is down!My dad built these awesome sliding doors to hide the water heater and air unit.Studio backdrop is up.Building a frame for the new wall.3 doors down.Cutting some plywood for the shelves.Wall part 1 is up.
Back to messiness.Still pretty messy. Just needs to be cleaned up and we are done!And here we are. Enjoy some coffee my dear friends!Sit in luxury on our beautiful purple couches!Want a white backdrop? No problem!A gray (grey) backdrop! Indeed!Come watch a movie on the big screen. Talk with me about your project or your wedding or your life (also works as a therapists office).There is still a little work to be done, but for now I think it looks pretty darn good.
Danielle and I have been friends since 6th grade and went to high school and college together, so I have known her for quite some time. When I met Chris, I was like, “yeah, this guy rocks, these two should get married.” Guess what? I was right. Boom.
I adore these two. If I could describe them in one word it would be humor-awesome-fun-adventurous. Still one word. We went to the Columbia River Gorge on a pretty rainy day but still managed to capture some incredible portraits and these two were troopers for sticking out the cold. It seems as though my last set of engagement session have been rainy but still awesome.
Then we went to Wahclella Falls for some powerful pictures. Powerful because of the waterfall, and powerful because of…love.
Enjoy my dear friends.